At long last the wait is over! Week 1 of the 2016 season is just around the corner. Here’s everything you need to know and more leading up to the September 11th opener in New York.
Game: Cincinnati Bengals (0-0) at New York Jets (0-0)
Date/Time: Sunday, September 11th, 2016 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Series Leader: Jets, 15-8
Streak: Jets have won 3 of the past 4 meetings
Coaches vs Opponent: Marvin Lewis (2-4), Todd Bowles (0-0)
TV Broadcast: CBS: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter)
Radio Broadcast: Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst). SIRIUS: 81 (Cin), 133 (NYJ). XM: 381 (Cin), 229 (NYJ)
The game also will be aired to a national audience on ESPN Radio. Broadcasters are Marc Kestecher (play-by-play), Shaun O’Hara (analyst) and Dave Shore (sideline reporter).
Jets SB Nation: GangGreenNation (@GangGreenNation)
Weather: 83 degrees with a chance of thunderstorms [Weather Underground]
Odds: Jets, -1.5 (Odds Shark)
Referee: Clete Blakeman
Uniform: Black jerseys, white pants (the team is 30-28 in this combination since 2004)
- Won AFC North in 2015 and have made the playoffs in five consecutive seasons.
- The Bengals tied the team record with 12 wins last year.
- Quarterback Andy Dalton passed for career-high 5 touchdowns with 325 yards and 125.7 rating in last meeting.
- Dalton had a career-high 106.3 rating in 2015, the highest mark in franchise history.
- Running back Giovani Bernard has 1,000+ scrimmage yards in all three career seasons.
- Defensive tackle Geno Atkins has 40 sacks since 2011, the most by a defensive tackle in the NFL.
- Defensive end Carlos Dunlap had a franchise-record 13.5 sacks in 2015.
- Running back Jeremy Hill tied for 1st in the NFL with 11 rushing touchdowns last year. He has seven rushing touchdowns in his past eight games (including playoffs).
- Wide Receiver A.J. Green led the team with 1,297 receiving yards and joined Randy Moss as only players in NFL history with five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to begin their career.
New York Jets
- Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick set a franchise record with 31 passing touchdowns last season. He had a career-high 3,905 passing yards in 2015, second most by a NYJ quarterback in a season (HOFer Joe Namath).
- Running back Matt Forte will be making his Jets debut. Since entering NFL in 2008, has 12,718 scrimmage yards (8,602 rush, 4,116 rec.), most in NFL.
- Wide receiver Brandon Marshall set franchise records in catches (109) and receiving yards (1,502) and tied a team mark in receiving touchdowns (14). Marshall is the only player in NFL history with six 100-catch seasons.
- Wide receiver Eric Decker had 80 catches for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2015. In two career meetings, Decker has 13 catches for 212 yards (106 per game) and 4 touchdowns (two in each game).
- Marshall and Decker each had receiving touchdowns in the same game nine times in 2015, most ever by teammates in a season.
- Linebacker David Harris had 108 tackles in 2015 and led his team in tackles for the seventh consecutive season.